CALL FOR ARTISTS: Savage Umbrella's Night of New Works

In 2018, 3 projects will be chosen to engage in an exploratory and collaborative rehearsal process culminating in a public final presentation of works-in-progress at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater in Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Participants will receive critical response, conversation, and reflection in the form of artist-­to-­artist and audience feedback, as well as practical tools for ensemble creation and ideation. LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and women artists encouraged to apply.


“You truly cannot fail. Savage Umbrella will not let you and/or failure with Savage Umbrella is not possible. Let that truth guide you and your work.” (Past Night of New Works participant)


This series is designed for makers (directors, performers, playwrights, composers, musicians, poets, etc.) who are interested in exploring collaborative theater making, leading their own artistic process, and who would benefit from an artistic sounding board. More information (including project timeline) is available via the link below. Presentations for the 2018 Night of New Works will be September 10-12, 2018 at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater.

Savage Umbrella creates new works of theater striving to engage artists and audiences in critical conversation. With lust for the uncharted and the unknown; we embrace and dissect the familiar. We break apart historical narratives, reimagine mythologies, and architect new stories through a queer and feminist lens. Savage Umbrella believes that theater is a vehicle for important and complex conversations about who we are, how we are, and how we connect with each other. Together is better. Get under the umbrella.

Night of New Works is an extension of Savage Umbrella’s mission. We value collaboration, fresh voices and new plays, and we want to create a supportive structure to make those things happen. As an incubation program, Night of New Works provides local new work makers with time, space, and support to experiment and play in an ensemble-based setting culminating in public presentations of works-in-progress.

The inaugural Night of New Works was held in 2012, and was a time for Savage Umbrella Company Members to create, to workshop, and to play. In 2016, the program expanded to welcome emerging makers outside the Company to incubate, rehearse, and present new works-in-progress, without the confines of a full­-scale production.

Presentations for the 2018 Night of New Works will be September 10 - 12, 2018 at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. Participants are chosen through an application process based on self-identified need for a rigorous learning opportunity, likelihood of success in the program, and a project idea that reflects Savage Umbrella’s focus of underrepresented communities/stories and complex social topics/questions. Individual artists or groups may apply. Applicants may submit more than one proposal, as long as the projects are different.

The Night of New Works application deadline is 11:59 PM on June 8, 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

Click here for more information and the 2018 Night of New Works Application.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.​

Contact information

Savage Umbrella
Hannah K. Holman
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Friday, June 8
Posted May 11